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State Says Medicare, Medicaid Providers Can Share Electronic Records Across State Lines

Florida Health Information Exchange
Agency For Healthcare Administration

For the past three years, the state Agency for Healthcare Administration has been building a system providers can use to share electronic health records. Now, the state system, called the Health Information Exchange, has linked up with a national group to allow Florida physicians to share documents across stat lines and with federal and non-federal agencies.

“And not only with state lines, but also with some federal organizations. [For example], The social security administration. And that’s a big benefit to practitioners who may be asked to provide medical records for a person’s disability determination," says Deputy Agency Secretary Molly McKinstry.

The agency received federal funding several years ago to start building the system with plans to complete it over the course of a decade.  Federal dollars are still available for Medicaid and Medicare providers to convert their paper-based filing systems to an electronic format.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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